Finding Your Gratitude

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“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, and confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.”- Melody Beattie

I learned as a small child the meaning of the word grateful. My parents instilled in me the value of being grateful for the things we had, the food we ate, the clothes on our back, and for the love in our lives. My appreciation and awareness of being grateful was not something I thought about everyday but was always with me.

Feeling grateful for my life I’m sorry to say never was in the forefront of my mind until my life was threatened by cancer. I’ve learned to be grateful for every good day and even every bad day. I am grateful for every morning my eyes open and my feet touch the floor. I am grateful for the time I am here to see my daughter grow and become a beautiful human being. I am grateful for every day I can hold my husband’s hand and tell him how much I love him.

Gratitude is something I feel like we forget but something that is so important for us to remember every day. Not just on holidays because it’s already in the name, or when we are sick, but Always. If we aren’t grateful for all things in our life, even the bad, then how are we growing spiritually as human beings? Lately, I’ve run across so many people that are just running around miserable and aren’t even opening their eyes to the joy of life. Guess what? You are going to miss it. This fast paced world will fly right past you before you get to enjoy it. Start enjoying the very little things, like your first sip of coffee in the morning. Nothing tastes better than that first sip of rich, caffeinated, heaven in a cup. Before your head hits the pillow at night be grateful for the warm comfy bed and the pillow you are about to lay your head on. We often forget how lucky we are to have a bed and a pillow. It hurts to think how many things we take for granted because guess what? They can be taken away just as fast as we forget to be grateful for them.

I challenge everyone today to be grateful for something. Your heaven in a cup? Your pillow to lay your head? Your eyes to be able to see and read this post to remind you to be grateful for all the things you have in life. I’m grateful today that I have this outlet and friends to read my thoughts and hopefully make a difference in someone’s day and life. I challenge you to find your gratitude. Make it a great day!

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